Ephesians 5:15-20
15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. 19 Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When someone is drunk with wine, we say they are under the influence of alcohol. People do and say things they would not normally do or say; because of the influence alcohol has on their thinking. And the way we think is displayed in our behavior. So a person who would never sing in public. will suddenly sing out in a crowd when they are under the influence of alcohol. They would be doing something contrary to their normal behavior. Paul is telling us to not be drunk with wine, but to be “drunk” with the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance. I don’t know about you, but these things do not come naturally to me. In fact, these attributes do not come to any of us by nature. We are all self centered and want our own interests. When we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in us, we are then under His control and our behavior then becomes contrary to what is normal for us. This is what Paul is telling us to do. Be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and be under His influence. Then the life of Christ can be evident in our lives to those around us. Do something you would not normally do, give control to Him and let His behavior become yours.

Have a God Day!